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Bear Activity: August 5 to 11, 2011


(Banff National Park to Bow Valley Provincial Park)

For the Period: August 5 to 11, 2011

The following summary is based upon a compilation of bear information provided by government agencies and unconfirmed sightings reported by the public over the last week. It is not intended to be used as a real time, complete record of where bears are in the valley.


Be aware of your surroundings, know how to reduce the likelihood of encounters, and be prepared should an encounter take place. Always use caution by paying attention to signs of bear activity such as scats, tracks, and digging. Make lots of noise while hiking; hike in groups when possible; carry pepper spray; and obey closures.

Education Tidbit

Bear activity in the Bow Valley is quite high right now as bears search for their primary food source at this time of year – berries. These include buffaloberry, raspberries, dogwood berries and wolf willow pods. Chokecherries and saskatoons will become a favorite a little later on in the month. These bears are intent on feeding on berries wherever they can be found and spend a lot of time moving around the valley in search of any decent patches they can find. The bush can be quite thick in places and bears can be very hard to see in such thick cover. They can be easily surprised. Make lots of noise as you move about to ensure the bears hear you coming.

Bear Activity Trends

There has been grizzly activity in Harvie Heights/ Benchlands, Silvertip, Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake and YMCA Zones this week. Black bear activity has been reported at Harvie Heights/ Benchlands Canmore Nordic Centre, Quarry/ Grassi Lake, Rundleview, Bow River channel, Silvertip, Alpine Club, Bow Flats, Deadmans Flats, Heart Creek, YMCA, Yamnuska and Bow Valley Provincial Park Zones.

Important Notes

It is berry season and bears are in the valley bottoms. Please remain attentive and be on the lookout for bears feeding trailside.

Bear Cautions and Closures

Please report all bear sightings to 403 591 7755.

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Report any sightings of a bear, cougar, wolf or any aggressive wildlife in Kananaskis or the Bow Valley to Kananaskis Emergency Services 403.591.7755

For current postings of Bear Warnings, Wildlife Warnings and Closures please visit the following page:
Kananaskis Country - Advisories and Public Safety

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